Police Notice -Beware Text Scam
Published: 04 May 2021
30/04/2021 9788 Somerset: Flubot, Text Message Scam.
We have been made aware of a new text message scam called Flubot. This is a malicious piece of Spyware that is installed on your Android device once you receive a text message asking you to install a Tracking App due to a ‘missed package delivery’. The ‘Tracking App’ will actually steal your passwords and other sensitive data, whilst sending messages to your contacts to do the same.
The text message asks the user to click on a link (PLEASE DON’T), doing so will take you to a website where you will be prompted to download the App (DEFINATELY DON’T).
Please forward any scam messages to 7726 (SPAM on your keypad), which is a free reporting service.
Although this scam only appears on Android phones at the moment, Apple IOS users should remain alert as this could apply to these handsets at some point.
Please see the link below for information on the National Cyber Security Website. https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/flubot-guidance-for-text-message-scam